Tennessee career ending early for Vols senior

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Jalen Reeves-Maybin's playing career at Tennessee is over.

The senior linebacker and leading tackler each of the last two seasons will have surgery within the next two weeks to repair his left shoulder.

Reeves-Maybin departed the 38-28 win over Florida early on Sept. 24, showing discomfort and pain in the shoulder. He traveled with the Volunteers to Athens for the 38-28 win over then-No. 25 Georgia on Oct. 1, but did not suit up.

Fourth-year Tennessee coach Butch Jones addressed Reeves-Maybin's status at Wednesday's press conference.

"Jalen Reeves-Maybin will be out this week (for the Texas A&M game)," Jones said. "We continue to try to gather information for him and further evaluation to see what's in his best interest short-term, long-term. So, he will be out this week."

The former Scout four-star prospect's Tennessee career comes to a close with 240 tackles (149 solo), 27 tackles for loss, eight sacks, four pass breakups, four quarterback hurries and an interception in 41 games.

Expected to get the start in Reeves-Maybin's place versus the SEC-leading offense in Texas A&M is junior Cortez McDowell.

The Clarksville native Reeves-Maybin is one of four captains for the Orange & White along with quarterback Joshua Dobbs, running back Alvin Kamara and cornerback Cameron Sutton. Sutton is out as well with an ankle fracture that he suffered against Ohio back on Sept. 17.

In its first trip ever to Kyle Field, Tennessee is also missing starting running back Jalen Hurd and starting middle linebacker Darrin Kirkland Jr. (ankle).

Look for Kamara to get the starting nod in Hurd's absence and junior Colton Jumper to be the starting MIKE in place of Kirkland.

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